'Late Night' Legend Will Have Plenty Of Time To Kill, But To Do What Exactly?

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — After three decades of having his own talk show, David Letterman is stepping down from his post as the “Late Night” king.

At the age of 68 he is finally retiring. New Yorkers have plenty of advice on how he should spend his time.

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“Number one, chill out for a minute; you been working 33 years straight. Take a break,” Venus Keye of Brooklyn told CBS2’s Jill Nicolini.

“Fishing! Because it’s calming. You get away. He doesn’t like people, I mean, except for showing up here, he doesn’t like people, so I think fishing would be perfect,” added Terry Scott of Pittsburgh.

“I would get some stretchy pants and lay down and just enjoy your family, maybe take your son out and do some parent-teacher interviews,” said Patricia Myhill of Ontario, Canada.

Fellow talk show host and good friend Regis Philbin, who holds the record with 150 appearances on the “Late Show,” offered the following advice:

“And I’m telling you, Sunday night is it. If Les Moonves is listening, this is it Les, Sunday night. Let him have a wild time on Sunday night. We can all use it,” Philbin said.

“Number two, wake up and enjoy just hanging around in your pajamas, you know? Chillin’ is kind of nice. You can get used to that,” Keye said.

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“Just enjoy retirement. Just take it easy, keep laughing,” added Glen Stanton of Atlanta.

Paul Shaffer, who has been the Late Show’s bandleader and Letterman’s sidekick, said he doesn’t believe his friend will ever retire.

“We are going to see something from David Letterman,” Shaffer said.

Schaffer told Nicolini he thinks Dave will spend the summer with his family, but doesn’t think he’ll just lie down. So maybe Dave should go somewhere warm?

“Dave, come down to South Beach. Enjoy life. I’ll take care of you. Anything you need down there, I got you. We’ll go on a boat,” said Aurelio Caloiero of Miami Beach.

“I think he should go back to doing the weather if he gets a chance, because I think people today don’t get the weather the way he used to get it,” said Peter Bergman of Aberdeen, New Jersey.

“And number three, just be Dave …,” Keye added.

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She couldn’t have said it any better. Whatever Letterman decides to do in his retirement we all wish him well.